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hi. the president picks another fight, this time it's over border security with mexico. is the putting his own trade del in jeopardy? o-d-y-l-i-c. >> not just him, this entire group winners of the historic national spelling bee. you don't think they committed treason? >> they don't realize what they are doing is antithetical to the democratic system they have. >> is it antithetic to democracy to investigate election
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interference. where bill barr said robert mueller went wrong on obstruction. >> and arch rivals on the same page. what has ted cruz and alexandria ocasio-cortez joining forces? my cohost is back from star wars. is this like luke sky walker and darth vader teaming up? >> maybe, maybe. >> who's luke sky walker and who's darth vader. >> good morning, everyone, welcome to "early start," i'm dave briggs. >> and i'm christine romans, back from a galaxy far far away. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east, and let's begin with this, the tariff man is back. president trump threatening tariffs on mexico in less than two weeks, why, to get action on border security. the first round of tariffs would start at 5% on june 10th, escalating each month going up to 25% by october 1st. if mexico doesn't slow the number of migrants coming to the
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u.s. the white house doesn't even specify a threshold. one big question, could this derail the president's trade deal with mexico and canada, the usmca just yesterday, the administration tried to jump start the approval process. the united states trades a lot with mexico. many u.s. countries rely on mexico as a central part of their supply chain. the u.s. imported 346 1/2 billion dollars in goods from mexico last year. mexico is also the united states' largest supplier of ag products, 26 billion in 2018. mexico will not pay the tariffs. american consumers will be importing companies, and they could choose to pass on to consumers or eat it. investors reacting to threats. asian markets fell more than 1%. you saw what the u.s. looks like. trump has grown frustrated about the border issue, and an increase in illegal crossings.
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hours before the announcement, dhs announced the largest group of migrants ever apprehended by border patrol on wednesday. more than a thousand people detained, all from guatemala, hon d honduras, and el salvador. not sure the white house has the legal authority to impose tariffs. iowa senator chuck grassley slammed the move saying trade policy and border security are separate issues. this is a misuse of presidential tariff authority. folks, that is a republican senator. in a letter to president trump, mexican president andres manuel lopez called for dialogue, saying he doesn't believe in an eye for an eye retaliation. there are no words, literally, the big loser in this year's scripps national spelling bee, well, the dictionary. >> o-d-y-l-i-c.
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>> not just six or even seven but eight winners at the annual competition. they survived 20 total rounds on a historic night. >> over the last five rounds, no one made mistakes. this is the first time more than two contestants won. they will receive $50,000 in cash, a trophy, and a trip to hollywood. merriam-webster tweeting its concession and adding that it is so proud. >> that's all they got? >> congrats, all eight will be on "new day" this morning showing how they can outspell john berman and allison camrerota. attorney general bill barr
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is putting the burden of proof on robert mueller. the special counsel made it clear wednesday his investigation did not exonerate the president. mueller says he could not make a recommendation on obstruction because the justice department guidelines don't allow him to charge a sitting president. barr insists mueller should have taken a position. >> i personally felt he could have reached a decision. >> in your view, he could have reached a conclusion. >> right. he could have reached a conclusion, the opinion is you can't indict a president while he's in office but he could have reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity but he had his reasons for not doing it. >> barr is breaking with the president on one issue, telling cbs news, he does not think investigators who opened the russia investigation committed treason as mr. trump of course suggests but he does question some people's intent. >> you don't think that they committed treason? >> not as a legal matter, right. >> but you have concerns about how they conducted the
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investigation? >> yes, but, you know, sometimes people can convince themselves that what they're doing is in the higher interest, the better good. they don't realize that what they're doing is really antithetical to the democratic system we have. >> barr faced criticism for the way he summarized the findings. the attorney general says we live in a hyperpartisan age and claims he makes his decisions based on the law and the facts. president trump's restraint after special counsel robert mueller spoke out lasting less than 24 hour, the president exploding in a falsehood filled rant, one of those fictions was this. >> russia did not help me get elected, you know who got me elected, i got me elected. russia didn't help me at all. >> trump in this case contradicting himself from less than an hour earlier when he claimed on twitter, i had nothing to do with russia helping me to get elected.
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also of course u.s. intelligence and the mueller report laid out in detail, a systemic effort by russia to interfere, and there was also this. >> i believe that russia would rather have hillary clinton as president of the united states than donald trump. >> you might remember viewed stood right next to president trump in helsinki last year and said he wanted trump to win because it would be better for relations. here's the pairing you probably never thought you would see, alexandria ocasio-cortez and ted cruz joining forces working together to ban former lawmakers from taking highly paid lobbying positions. they found common ground on twitter. ocasio-cortez wrote, if you're a member of congress and leave, you shouldn't be able to turn right around and levy your service. >> the swamp would hate it but perhaps a chance for bipartisan
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negotiation. the new york democrat said she would spearhead the effort with him. the texas republican replied, you're on. protests in missouri over a new anti-abortion law. today could be the last day for abortions in the state since roe v. wade became law. the missouri courts are trying to decide whether to renew planned parenthood's annual license. take a look at this sign at a rally in st. louis. it reads if you cut off my reproductive choice, can i cut off yours. and yesterday in louisiana, democratic governor john bell edwards signed a bill banning abortions once a heart beat is detectable with no exceptions for rape or incest. a fetal heart beat can be detected into six weeks of pregnancy before most women know they are pregnant.
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executives from netflix and disney spoke up earlier this week. cbs, show time, nbc universal, amc networks, sony pictures, sts, viacom, and warner media, all would be giving up georgia's tax incentives if they pull out. they're pulling out citing concerns of predominantly liberal leaning stars and producers, that law takes effect january 1st. breaking overnight, levee failures are forcing evacuations in missouri and arkansas. officials say overflow from the mississippi river chased hundreds from their homes in west quincy, missouri, near the illinois border. and in arkansas, a levee began leaking overnight. >> the overflow could stretch 5 miles northwest, at least 500
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homes have been affected by the flooding so far. for context, look at this before and after view from a dam near the arkansas border. that's january, below is this week. president trump has approved an emergency declaration. thursday did see some welcome relief from tornadoes, only two have been reported so far after two straight weeks of bad storms. for the third time in less than a week, a house republican has blocked the passage of a multibillion dollar storm and wildfire disaster relief bill. tennessee republican made his objection yesterday, blocked the bill from being approved by unanimous consent, because he was critical of the $19.1 billion price tag. thomas massey of kentucky objected tuesday, and chip roy objected last friday. the legislation is expected to have the votes to pass when the house returns to washington next week. the trade war with china affects business worldwide. what does the ceo of disney
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think about that. >> it gets worse, more acrimonious, it's possible it will be harmful to us. >> more of what bob iger told me, next. this thing is beautiful. i love the lights. oh man, it's got a mean face on it. it looks like a piece of candy. look at the interior. this is nice. this is my sexy mom car. i would feel like a cool dad. it's just really chic. i love this thing. it's gorgeous. i would pull up in this in a heartbeat. i want one of these. that is sharp. the all-new chevy blazer. speaks for itself. i don't know who they got to design this but give them a cookie and a star.
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center of the political universe heads west for the next few days as the california state democratic convention kicks off later today. at least 14 of the presidential candidates plan to attend, among them california's kamala harris, making a return to her home
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state where more than half of the democrats in the assembly have endorsed her. meanwhile, beto o'rourke trying to build much needed momentum, laying out his immigration plan to chris cuomo. >> these families do not belong in detention. they pose no risk to this country, and in fact, if we implement something we call for in our plan, the family case management program for a fraction of the cost, and at no risk to our communities, we can guarantee that these families show up to their court dates, meet their appointments with i.c.e. officials and follow our laws. >> elizabeth warren also staying focussed on policy. she released a new calculator on her campaign web site which shows how much child care and early education could cost under her plan, paid for by a wealth tax. one candidate not heading to california is the front runner, joe biden, remains low key, has an event saturday night in ohio. all right, as a trade war
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with china escalates, american companies are looking at how tariffs will affect their business. i had the chance to sit down with the disney ceo bob iger. this is the week of its biggest expansion in theme parks ever. there is the millennium falcon, i piloted that craft. i did do the run in 12 parsets. i had a chance to sit down with a wide ranging interview with the disney ceo about the park expansion, about the star wars franchise and i had a chance to ask him about the u.s. china trade war. are you concerned about a trade war, chinese consumers coming less, travel from chinese consumers less, and a trade war hurting the u.s. economy. >> i hope an agreement is reached. that will be better for our business.
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if it gets worse, it's possible it will be harmful to us. i think our countries will find a way to coexist as the number one and two economies in the world. >> i would say he was painstakingly diplomatic about how he talked about the trade situation. he also pointed out that disney made huge investments in 2008 and 2009. disney hasn't seen signs of the trade war hurting the company right now. concerns about the impact of the u.s. china trade war are growing. investors are worried it will slow the growing economy and ding corporate profits. >> and indications are from china they are not ready to back down in this trade war. >> that's right. >> do most ceo's agree with him that they feel like there will eventually be an agreement. >> most ceos are concerned about the trade situation. how diplomatic he was in that response was interesting. i think it maybe signals that a lot of folks think we're here to stay. the acrimonious situation is
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here to stay and they are trying to plan beyond it. >> i want to hear more about the millennium falcon later. >> it was awesome. why would boeing bypass simulator training when the 737 max is put back in service.
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cnn has learned boeing has no plans to introduce hands on flight simulator training for pilo pilots of the 737 jet. they will bring them up to speed by a computer based program. that has the potential to save airlines time and money. pilot aviations criticized boeing for -- which killed 346 people. the faa has not announced its decision on final training requirements. turns out a dead man's files could be new evidence of political motives for adding a citizenship question to next year's census. group suing to block the question point to a newly discovered 2015 study by thomas hafeller, drawing new districts based on citizens of age would
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help republicans and nonhis tann panic views. he shared his view, who proposed the question. after he died last august, hi estranged daughter went through his belongings where she found the study. the justice department says the study played no role in the decision to add the question. a mysterious ship wreck from the mid-1800s, discovered by accident in the gulf of mexico, explore explorers picked up a sonar reading off the coast of florida nearly 1,500 feet down. a remotely operated vehicle was sent to the location. it found a 124 foot ship believed to be a scooter with the numbers 2109 along the edge of the rutter. the video of the vessel will be analyzed by experts in the coming months to learn more. evidence indicates the ship may have caught fire before sinking.
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drives off balance, shot missed, rebound. >> the toronto raptors taking game one of the nba finals. 118-109 over the golden state warriors. toronto's pouriascal siakam, du one stretch he gained 11 straight shots. rapper drake had words and that face for draymond green. interesting confrontation game two sunday night in toronto. that is the first time his dynasty golden state has lost game one. how to fix the border crisis? tariffs of course. the president ready to levee new %-p next few months.
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the president picks another tariff fight over border
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security with mexico. is he putting his own trade deal in jeopardy? o-d-y-l-i-c. >> you got it. >> that was one word, one of eight winning words, eight kids from six different states. this entire group winners of a historic national spelling bee. you don't think that they committed treason. >> not as a legal matter. they don't realize that what they're doing is really antithetical to the democratic system we have. >> is it antithetical to democracy to investigate election interference. plus, where bill barr says robert mueller went wrong on obstruction. arch rivals on the same page, what has ted cruz and alexandria ocasio-cortez joining forces. >> it's 30 minutes past the hour. happy friday. big news, the tariff man is
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back. president trump threatening tariffs on mexico in less than two weeks to get action on border security. now, the first run of tariffs would start at 5% on june 10th, escalating each month coming up to 25% by october 1st, if mexico doesn't stop illegal immigration at the border. one big question here, could this derail usmca, just yesterday the administration tried to jump start the approval process. the u.s. trades a lot with mexico. many u.s. companies rely on mexico as a central part of their supply chains. the u.s. imported almost $350 billion in goods from mexico last year. mexico, the biggest supplier of ag products to the u.s. 26 billion in 2018. of course this is a really important market for u.s. produce as well, especially pork. remember, mexico will not pay tariffs. american consumers will. investors reacting to trump's threat, there are u.s. futures looking like a down day. asian markets declined.
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loss s around the world. this caught people by surprise. trump has grown frustrated about the border issue amid an increase in illegal crossings. hours before the announcement, dhs announced the largest group of migrant, more than a thousand people detained by el paso secretary of border patrol from guatemala, honduras, el salvador. not clear if the white house has the authority to impose tariffs. iowa senator chuck grassley slammed trump's move saying trade policy and border security are separate issues. this is a misuse of presidential tariff authority. in a letter to president trump, mexican president called for dialogue saying he doesn't believe in an eye for an eye retaliation. there are no words, literally, the big loser in this year's scripps national spelling bee is the dictionary.
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>> o-d-y-l-i-c. >> one of eight winning words. eight winners of the annual competition from six different states. they survived 20 total rounds on a historic night, they just ran out of competitive words. over the last five rounds, no one made mistalks, this is the -- mistakes, this is the first time more than two contestants won. each will receive 50 grand in cash, the trophy, and the trip to hollywood, new york, to do the talk show runs. the dictionary concedes and they had no words to describe it other than so proud. perhaps the biggest prize for us, all eight will be on "new day" this morning, showing how they can out spell john berman, and allison camarata, my money on the kids. >> attorney general bill barr is
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putting the burden of proof on robert mueller. his investigation did not exonerate this president. mueller says he could not make a recommendation on obstruction because justice department guidelines didn't allow him to charge a sitting president. but barr insists mueller should have taken a position. >> i personally felt he could have reached a decision. >> in your view, he could have reached a conclusion. >> right, he could have reached a conclusion. the opinion says you cannot indict a president while in office but he could have reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity but he had his reasons for not doing it. >> barr is breaking with the president on one issue, telling cbs news, he does not think investigators who opened the russia investigation committed treason, as mr. trump has suggested, but he does question some people's intent. >> you don't think that they committed treason. >> not as a legal matter, right. >> but you have concerns about
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how they conducted the investigation. >> yes, but, you know, sometimes people can convince themselves that what they're doing is in the higher interest, the better good. they don't realize that what they're doing is really antithetical to the democratic system we have. >> barr faced criticism for the way he summarized mueller's findings. the attorney general said we live in a quote hyperpartisan age and claims he makes his decisions based on the law and the facts. president trump's restraint after special counsel robert mueller spoke out lasting less than 24 hours. the president exploding in a falsehood filled rant. one of those fictions was this. russia did not help me get elected you know who helped get me elect. i did. russia didn't help me at all. >> trump contradicting his own tweet from less an than an hour later when he claimed quote, i
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had nothing to do with russia helping to get me elected. u.s. intelligence and the mueller report laid out in detail, systemic effort by russia to interfere, and there was also this. >> i believe that russia would rather have hillary clinton as president of the united states than donald trump. >> well, fact check, vladimir putin stood right next to the president in helsinki last year and said he wanted trump to win because it would be better for relations between the two countries. here's a pairing you probably never thought you would see. alexandria ocasio-cortez and ted cruz joining forces working together to ban former lawmakers from taking paid lobbying positions. they found common ground on twitter. where else. where ocasio-cortez wrote if you are a member of congress and leave, you shouldn't be allowed to turn around and leverage your service for a lobbyist check. cruz replied on this point, i
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agree aoc, the swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation. believe it or not. the new york democrat tweeted if the bill focussed only on lobbying, she would spearhead the effort with him. the texas republican replied, you're on. protests in missouri over a new anti-abortion law today could be the last day for abortions in the state since roe v. wade became law. the missouri courts are trying to decide whether to renew planned parenthood's annual license. take a look at this sign at a rally in st. louis. it reads, ifout cut off my reproductive choice, can i cut off yours. in louisiana, democratic governor john bell edwards, signing a bill once a heart beat is detectable, with no exceptions for rape or incest. a fetal heart beat can be detected before most women even
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know they are pregnant rch. more companies are threatening to -- executives from netflix and disney spoke up, amc networks, sony pictures, stx, viacom and warner media say they are considering withdrawing from the state. warner media has thousands of employees in georgia, many at cnn headquarters in atlanta. all the companies would be giving up georgia's generous tax incentives if they pull out, citing the concerns of predominantly liberal leaning stars and producers. the law takes effect january t 1st. levee failures forcing evacuations in missouri and arkansas. overflows chased hundreds of people from their homes in west quincy, missouri, near the illinois border. and a levee in dardenville, arkansas, breached. 500 homes have been affected by
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the flooding. the levee 5 miles southeast began leaking water. people being asked to consider evacuating. look at this before and after at a dam near the arkansas river. on top is january. below is this week. president trump has approved an emergency declaration. thursday did see welcome relief from tornadoes. only two have been reported so far after two straight weeks of bad storms. 25 million americans facing the risk of severe weather today in the carolinas, wisconsin and michigan. here's meteorologist derek van d dam. good morning, you can almost trace the entire mississippi river delta all the way to the gulf of mexico with our warnings. there's the arkansas river. there's the mississippi river. you look at the river gauges reporting flooding. we're talking about over 80 reporting major flooding. over a hundred reporting moderate flooding. in terms of precipitation going
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forward, we have a brief lull going forward, showers and thunderstorms will form in the hardest hit areas, making the flood threat last into the better part of next week. tornadoes, two reported yesterday, that brings our total over the past 15 days to over 400 in the continental unite. unbelievably active weather pattern. southwest texas, central michigan, northern portions of wisconsin, the carolinas into virginia, large hail, damaging winds, maybe an isolated tornado. not the widespread threat and some good news here, cool down in store for the early parts of next week. enjoy your weekend, back to you. do you feel like you have too many streaming services. a log-in here, another one there. i asked the disney chief where the market is headed. >> you're going to see a lot of change in me due to technological disruption. >> more from disney ceo bob
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the center of a political universe heads west for the next few days, as the california democratic convention kicks off later today. at least 14 of the presidential candidates plan to attend. among them kamala harris, making a return to her home state where more than half the democrats in the assembly have endorsed her. meanwhile, beto o'rourke trying to build much needed momentum, laying out his immigration plan to chris cuomo. >> these families do not belong in detention. they pose no risk to this country, and in fact, if we implement something that we called for in our plan, the family case management program for a fraction of the cost, and at no risk to our communities, we can guarantee that these families show up to their court dates, meet their appointments with i.c.e. officials and follow
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our laws. >> also, elizabeth warren staying focussed on policy. she released a new calculator on her campaign web site showing how much child care and early education could cost under her plan, paid for by a wealth tax. one candidate not heading to california is the front runner, remaining under the radar, joe biden has events saturday night in ohio. opening today, galaxy's edge, the largest disney theme park expansion ever. it's a new land, the planet batu, with a new story, breathing new life into the star wars franchise just as the sky walker saga ends with the film the rise of sky walker, that comes out in december. it's all new material for a franchise that will feed disney's entree into the streaming wars. disney plus debuts in november at 6.99 a month. it's a crowded market. i talked to the disney ceo bob iger about where he sees disney plus fitting in.
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>> i've heard you say it's going to be about choice, hulu, espn plus, disney plus, what is this going to look like for consumers who want choice from disney content. >> we believe all three will offers consumers different kinds of programming. i think that you're going to see a lot of change in media due to technological disruption, and that will create change in consumer behavior. >> so where are we at this point in the streaming game? what inning are we in in the streaming evolution because i'm not sure if this is the second inning or we're half way through this ball game. there's netflix, apple, warner media. there's so many players, is it going to continue to evolve? >> i think we're in the early innings, direct to consumer over the top pamplatforms that are focussed more on program consumption are likely to grow
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significantly over time, and i think you're going to see consolidation on the linear channel front. when i say later innings, i don't want to suggest it's not going to be an extra inning game when it comes to the channel business but i think that's a mature business, and consolidation is ahead and necessary as a consumer mi dpradpra grates to a -- migrates to a different form of television consumption. >> at 6.99, i said how long can you have 6.99. that seems like you're pricing it to be less than netflix. just right now, they want to get in and offer a lot of choice of disney content to consumers. >> how many of these packages people are willing to pay for. big question in the future. >> he sees a lot of disruption. it's going to be interesting for consumers. is the plant based protein trend headed for kfc, cnn business has the details next. [♪]
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measles cases with nearly 700 in new york. clark county in washington state has the second largest outbreak with 70 cases reported. that county has a low vaccination rate. police are searching for the person who wrote an anti-semitic message in front of the jewish children's museum in brooklyn. governor andrew cuomo ordering the hate crimes task force to assist with the investigation. he's also calling on the nation to stand united to condemn these decemb despicable acts and to root out hate in all of its forms. growing concern for a connecticut mother of 5 missing for a week. jennifer dulos was last heard from friday shortly after she dropped her children off at school. the hartford current reports she was in a bitter custody battle. police sources tell the current investigators searching her home found traces of blood and other evidence. they now suspect she may have been the victim of a violent crime. her children are all fine and they are under the protection of
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an armed guard at their grandmother's new york apartment. new details about the investigation into the possible hate crime claim made by empire actor jussie smollett. documents just unsealed by the chicago police department reveal that after officers showed smollett pictures of the two brothers suspected in his alleged attack, smollett responded that the brothers could not have been the attackers, saying they were quote black as sin. police previously released text messages that suggest smollett discussed drugs, who later said smollett hired them to carry out a hoax hate crime in the newly released documents, the those drugs included marijuana, ecstasy and cocaine. you might want to cover your kids' eyes in the next story. the resemblance of these jet trails to a giant penis in the sky is coincidence. they appeared during a training
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exercise tuesday. officials at luke air force base in arizona say they reviewed the tapes and the pilots were conducting standard maneuvers, they say there was no ne flagsta -- nefarious or inappropriate behavior in the training flight. that gives them 58,612 and now a new total of $2,382,583 for 31 days. >> 31 straight wins and counting for james holzhauer. thursday's haul leaving him less than $150,000 shy of ken jennings all time jeopardy record. holzhauer and jennings are the only two players to eclipse $2 million in winnings, accomplishing the feat in nearly half the episodes of jennings. global markets react to the tariffs on mexico, down around the world, and on wall street,
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it looks like it will be a soft open, another 250 points down for the dow. u.s. markets barely finished higher on thursday, recovering a small chunk of this week's losses. the dow grows just 43 point. that's less than 2/10 of a percent. despite gains, all three averages are down for the week. the dow is on track for its 6th consecutive weekly decline. the longest losing streak since june 2011. uber reported earnings for the first time since going public saying it lost more than a billion dollars in the first quarter. it's the latest sign uber has a long road ahead to profitability, posting revenue of 3.1 billion, up 20% from the year prior, but the ride sharing revenue grew 9%. lyft also struggling, losing a billion dollars in the first quarter. there are meatless burgers so is a plant based chicken next. chicken isn't a big trend in the
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plant based protein market, but kfc's president says it's looking at suppliers, and could test out a menu item featuring the protein. consumers are interested in plant based protein, and the market for meat like protein is exploding. the market could reach 2 1/2 billion dollars for 2023. the science behind is it fascinating. >> i think chicken is easier because it's the skin that gives it most of its flavor. just got to master the texture. all right, "early start" continues right now. the president picks another tariff fight. this time it's over border security with mexico. is he putting his own trade deal, though, in jeopardy. o-d-y-l-i-c. >> you are right. >> one of eight winning words.
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this entire group winners of a historic national spelling bee. >> you don't think they committed treason. >> they don't realize that what they're doing is really antithetical to the democratic system we have. >> is it antithetical to democracy to investigate election interference. plus, where bill barr says robert mueller went wrong on obstruction. and arch rivals on the same page? what has ted cruz and alexandria ocasio-cortez joining forces. good morning, everyone, welcome to "early start," i'm dave briggs, good to see you back from galaxy's edge. thumbs up. >> thumbs up. big theme park expansion for disney, and we got to interview the ceo. we have some of that sound in this hour. christine roman, friday, may 31st, 5:00 a.m. in the east. the tariff man is back. president trump threatening tariffs on mexico in less than two weeks. why? to get action on border security. the first round of tariffs

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